A Writer's Guide to Fiction (Writer's Compass) by Elizabeth Lyon

By Elizabeth Lyon

The second one publication within the Writer's Compass sequence from specialist writing teacher Elizabeth Lyon deals either aspiring and tested authors the basics of writing and promoting a good novel or brief tale. as well as the fundamentals of characterization, plot, pacing, and subject matter, A Writer's advisor to Fiction additionally includes a plan for revising fiction, a advisor to advertising, samples of canopy and question letters, and techniques of honing the writing craft.

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C. Those carpenters! Do you know how much they charged? TIP Take a few minutes to practice what you have learned today. If you are reading a book right now, look through a few of the pages until you find at least three examples of each type of end mark you learned about today. Are the end marks used according to the rules you used today? If you’re not currently reading a book, just grab one from the shelf at home or at work. indd 26 3/11/09 10:12:42 AM L E S S O N 3 AVOIDING FAULTY SENTENCES A sentence is made up of words; a statement is made in words.

11. On May 4, 2006, Richard celebrated his birthday in grand style; he turned 61. 12. Looking for a solution to the printing problem, Karissa asked an older employee, questioned the supervisor, and finally consulted the printer manual. 13. Baruch brought a pasta salad to the potluck. Shannon brought peanuts, mints, and pretzels. 14. a. 15. b. 16. a. 17. c. indd 51 3/11/09 10:12:48 AM –COMMAS THAT SEPARATE– 18. b. 19. c. 20. c. 21. c. 22. a. 23. c. TIP As you read the newspaper, a book, or written materials at work, take special note of the commas you see.

Heavens, that was a long-winded speaker. Use a comma after the greeting and closing of a personal or friendly letter. indd 49 3/11/09 10:12:47 AM –COMMAS THAT SEPARATE– Practice Choose the correctly punctuated version of each of the following sets of sentences. Keep in mind what you learned about commas in the previous lesson. 14. a. Oscar’s grocery list included bread, milk, toothpaste, soap, dog food, and a fly swatter. b. Oscar’s grocery list, included bread, milk, toothpaste, soap, dog food and a fly swatter.

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